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  •  That's what the SOL tests were supposed to do: (1+ / 0-)
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    provide a highly skilled and trained workforce for the employers in VA.

    And they started LONG before NCLB mandated tests for all students nationwide.

    How's that working out for you?

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:35:41 AM PDT

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    •  SOL Tests (0+ / 0-)

         I think you missed the point of my comment and what I was trying to say and mean. The use of computer technology won't replace SOL testing.

         However, computers could also be used to develop software that will help students study for their SOL tests by providing practice tests on the computer that students could use to help them study. For example if a student answers a computerized practice test question and gets it wrong then that student will immediately see the correct answer and will be encouraged to study their material that they missed for SOL testing in subjects like English, Math, and Social Studies. Rosetta Stone offers computerized programs to teach foreign languages quickly. Software like Rosetta Stone offers could also be developed to teach students at home subjects that they are having trouble with in school.

         In my opinion I don't agree with the use of SOLs today. When I was in school we didn't have to take them and I think much creativity and innovation for students to learn critical thinking skills is lost by having teachers spend most of their time preparing students to take SOL tests. Not that SOL testing is bad -- educators need some feedback on student progress. I've seen too much reliance on SOLs in schools today and not enough innovation by classroom teachers who have to spend more time getting students to pass an exam rather than teach useful skills that students can use the rest of their lives.

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